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Project has been delayed since start of the decade when it was initially approved. Korean financing was secured later with detailed design initiated in June, 2015. The project seems ready for takeoff now.

CDWP clears Rs178 billion Malakand Tunnel project

By Shahbaz Rana
Published: October 20, 2017

Headed by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz, the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) cleared 31 schemes. A dozen of them valuing at Rs342 billion have been recommended for final approval of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec), according to the Ministry of Planning.

The CDWP cleared the construction of Malakand tunnel at a cost of Rs177.9 billion. It also endorsed implementation of the second phase of Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance programme at a cost of roughly Rs33 billion.

The Planning Commission had reservations about that project as health was a provincial subject. Yet the CDWP chairman approved the scheme on the insistence of Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar while setting aside the objections.

The government has approved these projects despite serious resource constraints. The inclusion of more schemes to the federally-funded Public Sector Development Programme will further squeeze the funding pot.

The total financing required for completing ongoing and new projects stands at over Rs5.7 trillion and at the current pace of allocations, the government will need about seven years to complete the schemes.

The CDWP cleared the way for construction of Malakand Tunnel on the N-45 National Highway. The tunnel will link Mardan, Malakand and Chitral. It will serve as a trade route between Pakistan, Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries.

However, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is also constructing an expressway parallel to this tunnel, which may result in overlapping of projects.


The projects included design, tendering assistance and construction of Malakand Tunnel valuing Rs177.9 billion, and procurement/construction of maritime patrol vessels (4 x 600 tons and 2 x 1,500 tons) for the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency at a cost of Rs15.948 billion.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2017.
Basic project details can be found in the RFP from 2014.

Total Length of the Pass: 9,732m
Approach road : 6,4075m
Tunnel(1 place, 2 ea) :3,735m13,772m
Bridge (3 places) :152.5
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I made a mistake. Can a mod edit the title to 3.73km and then delete this post ��
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Do we need this tunnel anymore? KP Govt. is drilling a tunnel just 10km away part of swat motorway project.
Thr is no point to have another tunnel. Totally waste of taxpayer money
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177 billion for a tunnel that's shorter in length than Lowari tunnel? what is going on here? That's more than even the stated cost of Orange line Metro. Is this a typo?
So only around 6 years ago, the cost of this project was 11 billion and now it's 177 billion? What's going on
Total Length of the Pass: 9,732m
Approach road : 6,407.5m
Tunnel(1 place, 2 ea) : 3,735m / 3,772m
Bridge (3 places) :152.5m

My guess is the cost is lot less than 177 billion but who knows!
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any one knows on ground status of this project ?
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